Our use of your data, cookies, and external services: what you should know, and how to opt out if you want to.
To make our service easier or more useful, we sometimes place small data files on your computer or mobile phone, known as cookies; many websites do this. We use this information to measure how people use the website so we can improve it and make sure it works properly. Below, we give more information on which cookies we use.
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.
Google Analytics stores information such as what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here, what you click on, and information about your web browser.
IP addresses are masked (only a portion is stored) and personal information is only reported in aggregate.
We have also enabled the Advertising Features of Google Analytics. In particular, we use Demographics and Interest reporting to identify trends in the types of users visiting our site, which may be used for internal reporting and improvement of the site content.
In technical speak, this allows Google to collect data about your traffic via Google advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers, in addition to data collected through a standard Google Analytics implementation. Regardless of the source of the data, we strictly adhere to Google’s policy requirements in our treatment of your data. We do not facilitate the merging of personally-identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information collected through any Google advertising product or feature. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data for any purpose besides providing us with analytics information.
If you’re unhappy with the idea of sharing the fact you visited our site (and any other sites) with Google, you can install the official browser plugin for blocking Google Analytics.
If you want to disable advertising-based tracking, you can adjust your Google Ads Settings, or opt out of advertising-based tracking across a number of providers in one go using the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out form.
As part of the process of sending your message to your representative we will send you a limited number of emails as described here. If during this process you wish to stop receiving emails from us, or you are a representative who no longer wishes to receive email via WriteToThem, please contact us at email@example.com.
Bits of wording taken from the GOV.UK cookies page (under the Open Government Licence).